Grow a Local Business - Start:Me 2019

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Small businesses strengthen communities! Last year sixteen Southside entrepreneurs took their companies to the next level through the Start:Me training program. Each Thursday night, our community room was buzzing with with the excitement and creativity of the business owners learning, growing, and tackling their challenges together. We can’t wait to welcome them again this year. We’re excited to invite business mentors and South Atlanta entrepreneurs to join the second South Atlanta cohort starting in early 2019.

What is Start:Me?

Start:Me is a 14-week business training program that equips local entrepreneurs to start and grow their companies. We’re excited to partner with Emory’s Goizueta Business School and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to provide this program. Over the 14 weeks, participants receive practical business tools, mentorship, and early stage financing. To learn more, watch Start:Me’s video below:

Why Start:Me?

  • If you’re a budding entrepreneur, your future company plays a vital role in our local economy. Small businesses account for 60-80% of U.S. jobs, according to Forbes.

  • In 2016, Start:Me alums generated $5.8 million dollars, and 89% of ventures that went through the program still operate actively! Check out two examples from last year’s Southside cohort, Lay-ette and Saboor Construction.

How do I Get Involved?

  • Be a business mentor - If you have business experience, particularly around starting or growing new companies, have time to commit, and believe that small business ventures fortify neighborhoods, you’d be a great business mentor! Last year, FCS President Jim Wehner and two of our board members served as mentors. Learn more or apply.

  • Attend an informational session - Interested in joining the cohort, but want to know a bit more? Come and learn more at one of the local information sessions.

  • Apply to be an entrepreneur in the program - Ready to apply? Online application available starting September 28 and close November 5.

We’re looking forward to celebrating the successes of small business, which we believe are crucial to a flourishing neighborhood. If you or someone you know on the southside has a small business that’s ready to grow, we invite you to learn more and visit Start:ME.

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